Thirty years ago, a group of local Catholic leaders — clergy and laity — took a leap of faith and trust. They established a new organization, separate from the Archdiocese, to steward the charitable resources of Catholic individuals, families, parishes, and institutions.
Today the seeds planted by the founders of the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) yield a rich harvest to support the needs of our community. In CCF’s 30th year, grants from charitable funds totaled a record $24 million.
The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) continued its growth trajectory in fiscal year 2023. With 64 new funds opened, CCF now manages nearly $600 million in assets and granted $24M.
What do you want your family’s legacy to be?
If you struggle to answer that question, consider this one: What do you hope to pass on to your children when you yourself pass on?
You might think of gifting your children a monetary inheritance to provide financial support. Or perhaps you picture an heirloom that has been in the family for generations. Maybe you’re thinking of family traditions you’ve honored together at countless Christmases or Easters. You might even be thinking of what could have an impact beyond your immediate family: your faith and values.
Thanks to you, the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) was able to grant more than $24M to our community in the 2023 fiscal year. This is only possible with your support. We are so grateful to you. As we head into the holiday season and you consider your charitable giving for the end of this taxable year, please keep […]
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have joined religious leaders around the world in calling for today, October 17, to be a day of fasting, abstinence, and prayer for peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land. This day marks 10 days since the terrorist organization Hamas launched an attack on Israel. In the days since, thousands of civilians in both Gaza and Israel have died. Please join us in praying for the people of the Holy Land.
At our 30th anniversary celebration, Father Mike Schmitz gave an incredible eight-minute overview of the virtues. In talking about the theological virtues — faith, hope, and love — he noted that love is the Hebrew word “ahava,” which comes from a root meaning “to give.” “Generosity is closely linked to ahava, closely linked to love,” Father Mike said. “If I don’t have generosity, I’ve got a lot of stuff: I’ve got a lot of talents, I’ve got a lot of gifts … But if I don’t have generosity, I don’t do anything with them.”
People often think of estate planning as just doling out all their “stuff.” Accounting for your assets and properly distributing them is certainly part of it. But the other part — arguably the most important — is caring for the people and places that you love. We asked Sam Nelson of the law firm Nelson Law to demonstrate how an estate plan is a valuable tool that ensures your wishes and ideals carry on.
We continue to see scenes of utter devastation in Maui. Numbers of the deceased continue to rise. We mourn with our Hawaiian brothers and sisters following the horrific fire in Lahaina and surrounding areas. We hold them in our hearts and in prayer, for the many lives that have been lost and the lives of survivors forever changed by indescribable loss: of loved ones, homes, jobs, and communities. As we witness this loss of life and the destruction of God’s creation, we feel called to support the people of Hawai’i where and how we can — through prayer and generosity.
It was a celebration 30 years in the making! For three decades the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) has worked to build a vibrant Catholic community through the inspired generosity of our donors and partners. And on April 27, 2023, more than 1,200 of our friends came to the table to celebrate the joy and power of giving. Our intent in hosting the event was to put you, our community, front and center — to thank you for believing in CCF and for your partnership in 30 years of collective impact.
It was a night to remember! Thank you to the more than 1,200 friends and Minnesota Catholics who came to celebrate the community impact made possible by collective, Catholic philanthropy! It was wonderful to recognize many beautiful and distinct ways our communities came together to celebrate the joy and power of giving.